By Kristen Johnson
A group of medical doctors, nurses, dentists, eye doctors, and other volunteers spontaneously start singing Victory in Jesus at the end of a long day serving about 500 people in need of help. That’s one of the last scenes in the beautiful documentary, Remote Area Medical, that left me speechless and crying.
Remote Area Medical is absolutely the best example of “living the Church” that a non-profit organization could possibly be. In 12 hours, this amazing organization turns fairgrounds, arenas, schools, etc. into massive mobile medical units to provide free medical, dental, vision and sometimes urgent care to isolated, impoverished, or underserved communities.
The documentary follows one of their 3-day events in rural America and highlights the poverty, brokenness, and grateful spirit of a community in need. Doctors, nurses, dentists, and a wide variety of volunteers give freely of their time for these events to provide services for people in desperate need. What was most shocking was that founder of Remote Area Medical stated that they had to cut back in places like Guatemala because the need was so great in the United States. I was in tears watching my fellow citizens lining up for days after working all day at places like diners, McDonald’s and coal mines, to receive desperately needed things like teeth pulls, dentures, glasses, and so on. It’s incredible to me that in a nation of such wealth we have people living in such dire conditions. What’s even more shocking is that our politicians actually have the gall to insist that we don’t really need healthcare in this country, particularly Republicans who insist that we should “gut” Obamacare. I finished the documentary angry at these disgusting individuals who seem to think that these poor people don’t “deserve” healthcare like the rich do.
I cannot begin to say enough good things about this organization. They even provide veterinary services for people who cannot afford to take care of their companion animals. I have every intention of volunteering at one of their upcoming events and I have read over the list of upcoming events very carefully. They need volunteers of every make and model, so to speak, and it looks like skillsets from collecting trash all the way up to advanced surgeons are needed.
Financial contributions are obviously always needed. To contribute, look here: https://ramusa.org/donate/.
Thank you to Founder Stan Brock, for having the guts to create such a fabulous organization. Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who give selflessly of their time, talent, and energy to continue to serve those who need it most. I stand in awe of you and wish I could serve at each and every event with you.
Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,[a]when it is in your power to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
Serve all with love.
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